2013-03-14 / General Stories

2012 Texas Top Ten Most Stolen Vehicles

Pickups are not only popular among Texas drivers, they are also top targets for Texas vehicle thieves! The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released its final MVT19 report on the top vehicles reported stolen in Texas during 2012.

Based on the reports, as has been the case for many years, pickup trucks top the list of thieves’ most common targets for the year. Coming in at No. 1 was the Ford Pickup, followed closely by the Chevrolet Pickup at No. 2. In the No. 3 position, the Dodge Pickup also remains a popular target for Texas thieves. The Honda Civic and the Chevrolet Tahoe round out the top five stolen vehicles.

The complete top ten list of most stolen passenger vehicles includes: (in order of popularity) Ford pickups, Chevrolet pickups, Dodge pickups, Honda Civics, Chevrolet Tahoe, Honda Accord, GMC pickup, Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry and Ford Taurus.

Vehicles are stolen for a variety of reasons, and contrary to popular belief, the most stolen vehicles are several years old. Some are stolen and stripped for parts. Others are stolen and resold by thieves to unsuspecting buyers. Many vehicles are stolen for joyriding, for use in committing other crimes, to perpetrate insurance fraud, to burglarize personal items and documentation, or for any number of other illegitimate purposes, and vehicle theft directly costs Texans more than any other single crime – over $621 million in 2011.

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